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In the chute, being scared isn't an option. Armored with only their clenched fists and their flexed muscles -- and a hockey-style helmet if they choose -- bull- and bronc-riding cowboys are some of the toughest, most intense athletes in the world. Eight seconds?
Forestburg's Charles Zoss is in first place in the bull riding event after the first go-round of the 39th Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. Zoss and Tater Hins -- a bull rider from Huron -- were the only two bull riders who went all eight seconds to score points Thursday night at the Horseman's Sports Arena. Zoss' ride gave him a small edge with 82 points to Hins' 79. "It's nice to ride this close to home, but sometimes it's hard," said Zoss, who added he has been riding bulls for about 18 years.
A change in coach and a drop in class might be what the Mitchell girls' soccer team needs to get its first win in more than a year. The Mitchell Board of Education approved the hiring of Erin Konrad as the new girls' head soccer coach Monday night after former head coach Scott Duff moved back to his home state of North Carolina to be closer to his extended family. Even though Konrad was the only applicant for the position, Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross said she is a good fit. "She knows the girls and knows the program," Gross said.
When I realized there would be no Roger Wiltz column this week, I felt it was my duty as a regular outdoors enthusiast to serve his weekly readers in his absence. I was married on Sept. 27, 2008, so my one-year anniversary is coming up quickly. Even though I knew it could be an annual issue between my wife and I -- she promised it wouldn't -- duck opener looks to fall on the same weekend this year. I'm not too excited to tell her.
Some say a tie is worse than losing. For Scotland and Tabor Legion baseball players, they wouldn't agree. Playing under the bright lights of the Metrodome in Minneapolis Tuesday night, the two teams' two-hour time limit expired after seven innings, forcing the game to end at 3-3. "Our kids really enjoyed it," Scotland co-head coach Brian Vaith said. "They said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Scotland coaches Brian Vaith and Dennis Kronazil, along with their wives, helped orchestrate the planning for the trip about three to four weeks ago.
Along with teams from 10 different states and two different Canadian provinces, the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team starts the Jim Hanus Gopher Classic today. The 48-team, eight-pool tournament is held at eight different sites around the Twin Cities. Post 18 is in Pool 3 and plays Osseo, Minn., in its first game at 2:30 p.m. today at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington, Minn., which is where all of Pool 3 will be played. Mitchell ace Brett Young will take the mound in the team's first game for the first time since a game played Saturday, June 27, at the Fargo-Moorhead tournament.
With Legion baseball, change is inevitable. Players cycle through their years of eligibility, then some move on to bigger, better things. For five players, the next few weeks are the last under Post 18 head coach Luke Norden. Those next few weeks are enough, they say, to get ready for their final goal as a group. Seniors Jordan Piper, Brett Young, Steve Jackson, Alex Loes and Cade Hearnen have -- in their own way -- helped lead Mitchell to the state high school championship during the spring, but that was just the first leg of the season goal.
Wyatte Hantan has been shooting carp with a bow and arrow for about four years. On one occasion, he and his brother stacked up about 350 pounds of carp in one day near Huron. So when he and friend Michael McPeek went out shooting to the James River June 30, he didn't expect to shoot an abnormal species. The 16-year-old Hantan walked alongside a road near Hanson Wheels and Wagon and shot a 15.25-pound Asian Bighead Carp. The fish, which was longer than 24 inches, is a species that has a relatively low number in the James River.
KIMBALL -- The 10-foot putt was lined up on a soft path of smooth sand. Harold Bickner, who has golfed for more than 40 years at Lake 16 Golf Course, rocked his club back, tapped the ball and watched as it created a noticeable trail on its way to the cup. The ball stopped dead in the sand, 8 inches from Bickner's anticipated destination. On Lake 16's sand greens, that's close enough for a birdie. "It's a gimme if it's within a club's length," Bickner said. "But now the rest of the course isn't going to go as well.
One bad play in one big inning kept Mitchell Post 18 from a doubleheader sweep against Pierre Thursday. Post 8 scored eight runs in the top of the third inning in Game 2, which was sparked by a first-and-third situation where Mitchell threw the ball all around the diamond. The play tied the game at 2, eventually helping Post 8 win the nightcap 9-7 after Mitchell handily won the first game 10-2. Cade Hearnen started the second game for Mitchell, and after working through the first two innings unharmed, he walked the No. 9 hitter -- a cardinal sin in baseball. The No.